This natural history journal is intended primarily for my own benefit—to give me something to read and reminisce about during my anecdotage. But you’re more than welcome to sneak the occasional peak over my shoulder.

It is set mainly in the West Yorkshire Pennines, with occasional outings elsewhere. Apart from where I make it clear to the contrary, posts are dated according to when the events in them took place, which is not necessarily the same date on which they were posted.

The name Life's Grandeur is derived from the famous final sentence of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species:

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

Darwin knew that his theory was awe-inspiring—as is the natural world which it helps to describe. This journal is my attempt to celebrate both.

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